Wednesday, May 27, 2015


Rocky Neck State Park, Niantic, CT  2015

It always amazes me how a small tree like this is able to survive amidst the granite boulders.  There is hardly any soil in which to take root.  It certainly is a hardy little tree. 

Monday, May 25, 2015

Ellie Mitchell Pavillion

Rocky Neck State Park, Niantic, CT  2015

I'm sure I've posted some pictures of the this building before.  It was a WPA project built in the 1930's and is the largest WPA project in the state.  It was turned over to the state in 1936 and was listed on the National Registry of Historic Places in 1986.  All the stone and granite came from local quarries, and the timbers used in its construction came from each of Connecticut's state forests.  I'm not sure if it gets much use these days though, but it is an impressive structure.  

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Split Rail Fence

Pomfret Center, CT  2015

Adding to the colonial charm of Sharpe Hill Vineyards are these split rail fences.  They are also known as worm fences  or snake fences due the way they meander along.  This type of fencing must have been pretty popular in early New England and Connecticut.  They require a lot of lumber, something that was in plenty abundance in colonial times.  They are also easy to assemble requiring no nails or posts.  Anyone from Connecticut can tell you, that it's next to impossible to dig a post hole  anywhere in this state without hitting a rock.  Believe me, I've tried on a number of occasions.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Mayflower II

Mystic, CT  2015

The Mayflower II had been undergoing some repairs over the winter at Mystic Seaport.  She left this past week, returning to the Plymouth Plantation as a main attraction there.  She'll be back here in Mystic next fall to complete her repairs.  

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Sharpe Hill Vineyards

Pomfret Center, CT  2015

The grounds around this vineyard had a distinctive colonial-style feeling to it.  It was almost like stepping back in time.